A blog dedicated to providing quotes by and posts relating to one of the most influential (and quotable!) authors of the twentieth century, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936). If you do not know much about GKC, I suggest visiting the webpage of the American Chesterton Society as well as this wonderful Chesterton Facebook Page by a fellow Chestertonian

I also have created a list detailing examples of the influence of Chesterton if you are interested, that I work on from time to time.

(Moreover, for a list of short GKC quotes, I have created one here, citing the sources)

"...Stevenson had found that the secret of life lies in laughter and humility."

-Heretics (1905)

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A book I published containing 112 pieces Chesterton wrote for the newspaper "The Speaker" at the beginning of his career.

They are also available for free electronically on another blog of mine here, if you wish to read them that way.




Saturday, August 4, 2012

"They used to say in the sight of God we are all equal. But if you only say that, it sounds flat...No, in the sight of God we are all distinguished."

As he walked where the town opened into a country road, he had suddenly realised that he was happy. His cure was complete. The disease of disdain for common things no longer devoured his brain, and yet his appreciation of the common was no nearer to the vulgar. Indeed, the common things around him, the stones in the road, the weeds in the ditch, stood out with a distinctness that was the reverse of flat. It was as if he had felt the third dimension for the first time. It reminded him of something his friend had said about religion, as compared with the mere herding both of Capitalism and Communism. "There is a delicacy about the Day of Judgment." It was at least supposed to deal with individuals. "Yes, that is it," he said to himself. "They used to say in the sight of God we are all equal. But if you only say that, it sounds flat; like all those flat-faced Bisons. No, in the sight of God we are all distinguished. We may be damned; but, damn it all, we're distinguished."

-"The End of Wisdom" (1931), found in Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton, volume XIV

4 comments:

coffee pot curve said...

That is very good. I had never read this work before. It is that third dimension that I find fascinating :)

Anonymous said...

First of all I want to thank you for the tremendous amount of resources you have on this site it's awesome!
Secondly I would like to ask you if you happen to know or a fact about the books he read Chesterton in his lifetime or how many books he had in their personal library?

My name is Ricardo Garcia :)

Mike said...

Maria

That is very good. I had never read this work before. It is that third dimension that I find fascinating :)

Heh. :-)

Hi Ricardo,

Thank-you!

As for your questions, I am not quite sure how to answer those questions, unfortunately, other than "a lot". lol. Perhaps somebody associated with the American Chesterton Society might know something more specific? Here is there Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/AmericanChestertonSociety

God bless!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your answer, God bless you too! :)